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Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
1:39 pm
"Not Ordinarily Borrowable"
I wrote some children's fiction for a birthday present, called Not Ordinarily Borrowable, in which the central character is an ASNaC postgrad in a thinly disguised Cambridge:
Maria was not studying chemistry. Maria was an Asnac. An Asnac is a person who studies the way people lived a long, long time ago, far longer ago than the time when Maria lived, and looks at the things they made and the writings they left behind. She loved her subject, and she was hoping one day to become a doctor.

I don't mean the kind of doctor that people take you to when you're not feeling very well, who asks you to stick out your tongue and writes things on their little pieces of paper. That kind of doctor is a very important kind of person, and I'm glad there are so many of them in every town, otherwise what would happen if people got sick? But that kind of doctor is a doctor of medicine. If you want, you can be a doctor of anything you please. The main thing you need in order to be a doctor of something is to love what you're studying, and to be ready to spend a lot of time on it: years and years. And Maria had been studying for years. She was going to be a doctor of Asnac.

Now in order to become a doctor of something, there is a simple rule to follow. You must find out something new, something nobody in the world has ever seen or known or thought before. You might suppose that with all the many people there are in the world, and with all the thinking that goes on every day, it must be difficult to find a new thing never thought before. But everyone has ideas every day, and there are so many different ones that, sooner or later, everyone must find something new. You yourself saw something nobody had seen before the last time you cracked open the shell of a nut.
I thought some of you might be interested in reading it. You can read some of the story here, if you like. I hope I haven't been too inaccurate in my portrayal of ASNaC life; I was a compsci, though I had plenty of ASNaC friends.

I'm not sure whether this sort of post is allowed, but the community's been rather quiet recently. Please do delete it if it isn't.
Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
1:33 pm
Girdle Hangers
I know this is short notice, but if anyone is interested in Anglo-Saxon girdle hangers, you might like to mosey on down to the Arch and Anth museum on Downing Street for 1pm tomorrow (Friday). Why? Because yours truly will be giving a ten minute talk on... Anglo-Saxon girdle hangers!

Don't know what a girdle hanger is? Come along and you'll find out.
Sunday, March 9th, 2008
8:13 pm
Hi, I'm a sixteen year old AS level student from London.
I want to apply to do ASNAC at Cambridge, but I know nothing about it other than what the web page says. I figured here would be the place to ask.
Any information, pros or cons, would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance.
Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
4:34 pm
For today is the feast of St Gildas!
Wednesday, November 14th, 2007
8:22 am
ASNC represents Cambridge ...
I'd been meaning to post for ages to point out that if you go to the Cambridge University homepage the main picture is the beautiful Geraldine reading Kuno Meyer's Fianaigecht, and on either side of her is the back of the rather less beautiful egg_shaped_fred and me, stonedsamurai. So, the first thing anyone interested in Cambridge University sees on the website is 3 ASNCs and a Kuno Meyer book. Hooray! No doubt they'll change the picture now ...
Thursday, October 25th, 2007
7:02 pm
ASNaC Pub!
Tomorrow, the Castle, from 5!
Come and get ASNaCed!
Saturday, October 6th, 2007
12:16 am
A post-doc which might interest people ...

Thursday, September 13th, 2007
1:55 pm
Sunday, September 2nd, 2007
1:03 pm
So earlier this week I was on holiday in Amsterdam, and I happened to see the DVD of Beowulf & Grendel for only 5 euros. So, naturally, I bought it, and I watched it the other day.

I really enjoyed most of it, I have to say. I did wonder how they were going to turn two nights' action (it only covers the fights with the Grendelkin) into a two-hour film, but I think that they did it without plot-holes. On the whole, the changes they made were understandable and worked quite well within their own context. I liked the way Grendel looked - the shape of a man, but a lot bigger - and Grendel's mother was even better.

My big problem came near the end, when in the space of five minutes we had the two worst sex scenes that I have ever witnessed. They were unconvincing mechanically and not satisfying in terms of plot and character.
Tuesday, July 10th, 2007
2:17 pm
Sutton Hoo
Anyone in striking distance of Sutton Hoo (it's easily accessible from Cambridge or London) may want to wander along this weekend for:

SUTTON HOO THROUGH THE AGES: From the twilight of the Roman Empire to the Norman Conquest
Venue: SUTTON HOO (in Suffolk)
Date(s): Saturday 14 to Sunday 15 July 2007
Description: Living History spectacular! Invasions, raids, Saxon burial rites, interactive displays & activities for all ages. Stand well back during combat displays!
Notes: Highlight of our Year of Craftsmanship

Ousekjarr, the Cambridge branch of The Vikings and some friends from Bedford, Essex and elsewhere will be providing a living history encampment, storytelling, skirmishes, archery and lots of groovy things representing Angles, Saxons, Vikings etc from the eighth to tenth centuries. I've been on fairly good fighting form this season, so who knows what you might see!!?
Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
11:45 am
Garden Party
The Annual ASNC garden party will be taking place on Wednesday, 20 June 2007 from 6pm to 8.00pm on the Old Hall Lawn, Newnham College.

... that's today...

See people there, I expect!
Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
8:21 am
This should interest people, if you haven't already see it:

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007
4:12 pm
Anglo-Saxon herbal magic
This may interest people ...

Sunday 22 April, 11am-12.30pm - Anglo-Saxon Plants and Pot Herbs at West Stow
Country Park, Bury St Edmunds.
An interesting walk around with experimental archaeologist/botanist Rachel
Ballantyne. £3 adults/£1 children. Booking essential. Call 01284 728718 or see
Saturday, April 14th, 2007
4:55 pm
4:53 pm
Thursday, April 5th, 2007
3:53 pm
Easter Weekend at Lincoln Castle!
In the unlikely event that anyone can make it, come to Lincoln Castle between 11 and 5 on Sunday or 10 and 5 on Monday to see "The Vikings" in action! There will be a full LHE, dark-age fashion parade, battle (reconquest of the Danelaw, 942) - it's going to be just plain awesome. Don't miss it if you can help it!

Current Mood: happy
Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
9:38 am

The Muppets do 'In the Navy', with the help of Viking pigs.
Tuesday, March 13th, 2007
8:42 am
Vimmen, Violence and Vikings! And some mice...
Film Tonight!

This pm there'll be an ASNaC Film showing! Details of Where/When should be found by e-mail, or just loitering in the Common Room until Matthias shows his face.

The film will be:

Stara Basn Kiedy Slonce Bylo Bogiem
The Old Story When The Sun Was God

A Jerzego Hoffmana film.

Marina Aleksandrowa
Michal Zebrowski
Daniel Olbrychski
Bohdan Stupka
Malgorzata Foremniak

Vimmen, Violence and Vikings!
Popiel is not a nice man, and wants his son to succeed him as prince, but then his wife is really nuts. Ziemowit, Piast's son, is a nice man, but used to be a Viking. Dziwa is destined to become some sort of pagan nun. The Guardian gets annoyed because the tribal chiefs are all idiots. Some random woman takes all her clothes off. Some Vikings turn up. There's an insane crone. It's amazing. Poland is all the Vikings' fault. Be there, or be Celtic!

107 minutes, in Polish with English subtitles.
Friday, February 23rd, 2007
3:07 pm
ASNaC Society Committee Change!
Yep, it's tonight, and as I'm ahead on my Scandi presentation right now, I'll be in the Castle from 5 'till late. Reginae mortuus sunt! Vivant Reginae!
Thursday, February 8th, 2007
8:52 pm
Urgent help needed for brainless writer.
Help! What is a good word for describing the approach where historians judge what happened before in terms of what came afterwards? Aaarrghhh! Not teleological, not anachronistic ... double aarrrgh! The context is early C.20th scholars of medieval visionary texts viewing them in terms of Dante's Commedia.
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